Sekinchan is a small town located about 120km from Putrajaya which is translated to roughly about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive.
Sekinchan means 'village suitable for plantation' in Chinese and is well known as one of the major rice supplier in Malaysia. This is clearly evident as vast paddy fields can seen along both side of the roads leading to the town.
The paddy field is dotted with many customized building structures that are homes of the swiftlets. The bird's nest is another famous product of this town.
The town itself is small enough to be explore by foot. It is more developed than I initially anticipated with basic facilities readily available such as banks, post office, mini markets, hotels, vehicle repair shops and etc. I also notice there are at least 5 reflexology centres for such a small town.
Hotel Harbour View is probably the best hotel to stay while in town due to its size and strategic location but there are other options too within the town itself.
I'm impressed with the number of religious houses here as I never thought it can boasts such a number for a small town like Sekinchan.
Before paddy plantation became popular, residents of Sekinchan were active in fishing activities and this is still ongoing until today. The fishing village is called Bagan and is just a stone throw away from the town.
The Bagan fishing village itself has new shop houses now which mainly house the seafood restaurants.
The best seafood restaurants in town can be found in the Bagan areas. Most of the restaurant here opened from 8am until 3pm only while a handful open at night. Advance booking is highly recommended during weekend and public holidays. Another interesting thing is most of these restaurants serve rice and seafood as breakfast where most of the city folks might have some trouble getting used to.
The fishing village also serve as a perfect area to buy the local snacks to bring home. I highly recommend their keropok for their size, crispiness and taste.
I reckon this is the earliest fire station in town. I guess it is no longer functional today.
Sekinchan is a living and thriving fishing village. The stretch of fishing villages is the one of the many reasons why people call this town "a photographer's haven".
I was surprised to see the village also happen to produce their own fishing boat in what appear to be a make shift dock yard.
Sekinchan is definitely a perfect place for a short retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. I definitely fancy another trip here for the cheap and fresh seafood.